Did you know that 60% of children and 40% of homes are food insecure in Nunavut? A friend’s husband has likened the area to a 3rd world country within Canada.
Helping our Northern Neighbours (<- is a link) is a non-profit that matches people in the southern areas where food is less expensive with those in Nunavut who are willing to send food and supplies up to these families to lessen the burden slightly. Helping our Northern Neighbours does all the work of keeping the list of families as well as ensuring that the families are truly in need and getting everything done in an orderly fashion, they are really wonderful people!
The two ways to help through this organization are either a full sponsorship or a Next Up box. Full sponsorship is 4 boxes per year, and a Next Up box is a single time donation to help ease the burdens of those who have been waiting the longest. Some of the families that have been waiting the longest are those who have 7-9 people in their family due to many generations living together.
My current project is to try to fund one of these Next Up boxes for one of these larger families. My goal is $500 on top of the amounts that I personally will be putting together from all my pocket change (there's a lot I like coffee) and little bits I am saving to do this. Things like my PCPlus Points and AirMiles will be going to help buy some of the food as well but I would like to stock the family that I get for as long as I possibly can.
The pictures of some of the prices of food are up on the Helping Our Northern Neighbours facebook page as well so you can see what these people are fighting against. Many lost their jobs with the lack of hunting due to people not wearing fur and leathers came about as that was the main income for these communities since they also ate the meat and used the bones.
If you would like to assist me in this project please either see me in person (if you know me!) or give generously through this link Next Up Box Fundraiser. Even if $5 is as generous as you can be to keep yourself floating it all adds up!